Driver 'crushed by his own luggage wagon' on remote Welsh island

A view of Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) from Ffynnon Fair, Aberdaron
-Credit: (Image: Eryl Crump/North Wales Live)

A driver who died on an island off the coast of Gwynedd may have been crushed by his own luggage wagon, an inquest heard today. Christopher Charles Lamont, 63, was found with fatal injuries at the back of the vehicle on June 19, on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) an inquest opening in Caernarfon heard today.

Mr Lamont transported luggage from the passenger ferry to local accommodation on the island. Kate Robertson, senior coroner for north west Wales, told how she was informed that Mr Lamont had been employed on a casual basis at Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).

He had been responsible for driving a wagon transporting luggage from the passenger ferry to local accommodation. Ms Robertson said that some time before 4.47pm that day "the motor vehicle wagon, which he had been driving, appears to have started to roll backwards when he was out of the wagon. Get all the latest Gwynedd news by signing up to our newsletter.

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"He was found lying between the rear of the wagon and a stone wall, resulting in fatal injuries to him."

Ms Robertson said she ordered a post mortem examination into the death. Dr Mark Atkinson, who conducted it on June 25, gave a provisional cause of death of "crush injuries to the chest and upper abdomen".

The coroner adjourned the inquest into the death of Mr Lamont, a machine operator, of Innage (corr) Lane, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, pending the completion of further investigations.

In the wake of the tragedy, North Wales Police said it was liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and the coroner. The Bardsey Island Trust sent its sincere condolences to Mr Lamont's family.

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